Uber Suspends Driverless Car Program After Pedestrian Is Struck and Killed

Uber Suspends Driverless Car Program After Pedestrian Is Struck and Killed

Uber Suspends Driverless Car Program After Pedestrian Is Struck and Killed

"She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries", police stated.

Police in the city of Tempe said that the auto was driving itself with an operator behind the wheel when it struck a woman crossing the road with a bicycle.

Autonomous mode means the vehicle is driving on its own.

"We call on Uber, Waymo, Lyft, Cruise and all companies that seek to test and deploy autonomous vehicles to take responsibility for public safety", he said.

An Uber spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the company "is temporarily pulling its self-driving cars off the roads in Tempe, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto, where it is testing them".

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted about the incident Monday morning.

Uber expressed condolences to Herzberg's family and says it is working with local law enforcement on the investigation.

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Uber has previously suspended its autonomous vehicle program twice.

In a statement, Uber said it was cooperating fully with local authorities.

The mini cab hailing app firm suspended its autonomous vehicle programme across the United States and Canada. Self-driving vehicles typically do have a human driver present during testing, though California will allow the vehicle to operate without anyone inside starting April 2 if the owners can still take over remotely, the New York Times reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.

Uber suspended its self-driving tests in a handful of cities Monday following the crash. Last year, a Volvo XC90 from Uber was hit by the driver of another vehicle.

About 100 of the company's 200 self-driving vehicles are used north of Tempe, a spokesperson said.

With Autopilot activated, the Tesla self-driving cars are able to steer themselves within a lane, change lanes and control the speed and braking on the highway.

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